Monday, May 20, 2024

The Hunter's Moon

Also known as a sanguine or “blood” moon, the term “Hunters Moon” has long been regarded as a significant event in traditional folklore. The name dates back to the First Nations of North America. It is so-called because it was during the month of October, when the deers had fattened themselves over the course of the summer, that hunters tracked and killed prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the coming winter. The Hunter’s moon rises on successive days only about 40 minutes later than the previous day, making the periods of darkness between sunset and moonrise much shorter. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see both deer and fox that have come in search of fallen grains by the light of the moon. The prolonged period of light during this time of the year, is the reason why these moons have traditionally been used by hunters and farmers to finish their work.